Unglu-d won’t be at Gifted this year however we’ve had a look at the list of exhibitors and have put together a quick guide of the who’s who of Gluten Free Producers so you can target them head on to try out their produce and pick up some great treats and gifts for Christmas !
First and foremost here’s some key things to note; if you are going and haven’t bought yourself a ticket yet then get in touch with one of the producers included in the list here to see if they have any complimentary tickets going or check out their Facebook pages as they might have a competition running. The first day, Wednesday 4th December is discount day so there’s 10% off all day with all producers, worth getting in for that. If you can’t make it to gifted, head to their website and check out ‘shop gifted online’ https://www.giftedfromireland.com/. Last but not least if you plan to make a day of it their GF offerings in their restaurants are very poor, maybe it will be better this year yes maybe but I’d bring your own sambos if you need more than mince pies and freebies from the GF producers to keep you going !
So here goes. The usual suspects will be there; Foods of Athenry and Dr Coys, great to see the success these companies have had and their stands are worth a visit to pick up their special Christmas products and offers. My go to snack last year was Foods of Athenry Mince Pies with a nice cup of coffee at one of the many coffee bars dotted around the place, you’ll need to be ruthless to find yourself a seat though 😊 Keogh’s crisps will have great deals so you can stock up for the season but be prepared for a crowd, last year they were one of the most popular stands at the show !.
Producers you might know however their products aren’t stocked in all shops; Genovese who make a lovely range of pestos and sauces, great family business. Homespun is a great alternative to oat cereals. Fiid for a high quality and natural ready meal product. Joe’s crisps is one of our favourites, make sure you try out samples of the regular potato crisps and the veggie ones, you’re either a fan of one or the other ! Magic Mayan is great for those who are GF and Vegan and they also have lovely gift ideas and packs for Christmas. The Chocolate Garden is one that not everyone knows is GF but it certainly is, chat to the guys on the stand if you want to learn more about their products and how they produce them. Pandora Bell have a fab range of sweets, lollies etc that are perfect stocking fillers. Burren Smokehouse is a smoked salmon producer we would really trust and you can never have enough of this stuff in the fridge at Christmas.
The producers you won’t know of who are ABSOLUTELY worth visiting; Firstly head to the Boyne Valley Stand and check out the Great Northern Larder Sauce and Spice Rub range, Oriel Salt will also be there and have a great product. Wildwood Balsamics are made over in Mayo and naturally Gluten Free, these products are used by Chefs like Nevin Maguire and you can simply pour them on a salad without needing to mix other things in, lovely gifts also. Wild Irish Foragers do a beautiful range of vinegars, savoury and sweet jellies…lovely cupboard additions and gifts.
Now listen I am sure there’s a ton more and often there are producers around who are naturally GF and produce their products in a safe way but that may not be up in lights so you have to ask. If you discover new producers on your way around the show please let us know as we love hearing about those. If you are not too full of food or alternatively need to walk off all the sample food you have eaten then do hit the Craft and Design section, so many beautiful gifts and there’s also a sustainable pop up that would be worth a visit.
Happy Shopping, pace yourselves and stay safe 😊